Thursday, June 30, 2011
Extreme widening plan for Cato Springs road east from S. Razorback Road to S. School Avenue slated to take off the roots of 132-year-old cottonwood tree
Please click on image to Enlarge. Then click on enlargement to get even closer view of retired landscape architect Al Einert and David Druding discussing the fact that, if the right of way for the widening of Cato Springs road is expanded as planned, the huge ancient tree will lose its southside roots and be unlikely to maintain its health.
The justification for widening the street is weak at best. The plan includes curb and gutter and wide sidewalk and FAKE GREENSPACE with street water and runoff from adjacent property sent to the Cato Springs Branch through huge pipes rather than the existing grassy swales. The natural organic black prairie soil will be dredged and replaced by inorganic, impervious red dirt and Fayetteville's Greathouse Park's flooding problem will increase along with that of private property downstream on Cato Springs Branch and the Town Branch of the West Fork of the White River.